UPDTE 1-Soccer-Chelsea complete signing of Barkley from Everton

08 January, 2018, 03:40 | Author: Anita Tucker
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He went on to make 179 appearances for his boyhood club across all competitions and scored 27 goals.

Barkley was close to joining Chelsea in the summer but pulled out at the last minute after deciding to first recover from his long-term injury and then decide upon his future.

The 24-year-old midfielder has signed a five-and-a-half-year deal at Stamford Bridge and will wear the No 8 shirt.

Ross Barkley and Marina Granovskaia
Ross Barkley unveiled by Chelsea after signing ROSS BARKLEY is officially a Chelsea player

Former England coach Steve McClaren is backing Ross Barkley for success with new club Chelsea.

Upon signing for Chelsea, Barkley told Chelsea's website: 'I'm overwhelmed, I'm looking forward to it and I'm really excited to get started. I'm looking forward to continuing where I left off at the end of last season and hoping to improve and add more goals to my game'. There is hope that Barkley will add versatility in the squad in central midfield, as a No.10 or as a wide player in the front 3, making him the ideal player to fit in Conte's 3-4-3 and 3-5-2 formations.

Everton boss Sam Allardyce was resigned to losing Barkley - claiming the club gave up on keeping the midfielder before he arrived at Goodison Park.

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Chelsea's top-flight title defence has faded amid Manchester City's stunning form, with Antonio Conte's men facing a 16-point deficit to the summit.

Blues chief Conte said: "We are talking about an English player, a young player, with good prospects for Chelsea".

He now has a great chance to become a key player for one of the biggest clubs in Europe and England. He has good prospects for Chelsea.

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Conte urged caution over expectations for Barkley. He's very strong physically, good technique.

"I've [managed teams who have] played against him a couple of times and he's been terrific and killed us on a couple of occasions".

This is not necessarily a bad thing for Tottenham, however, what with Barkley's less than impressive injury record, and his inconsistent form over the past couple of years.

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